Our Staff

Director

Beth Marquardt

 

Water of Life School is blessed to work under the direction of Mrs. Beth Marquardt. Her extensive experience in education, most of which has been in early childhood, make her an invaluable asset for the Water of Life teaching team. Beth has been a classroom teacher for over 25 years. 21 of those years she was also an early childhood director. She has served schools in Montana, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Beth also serves as our 3-year-old preschool teacher.

Her early childhood philosophy is grounded in current research and best practices. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, has done post-graduate work in Early Childhood Education, and continues to seek professional growth opportunities. She places high importance on staying current in her field and providing the best education for the children in her care.

She currently serves as one of two Early Childhood District Coordinators for the AZ-CA District of the WELS. In this capacity she supports and promotes early childhood ministries and organizes Early Childhood conferences within the district. She is a member of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). She is a published author with articles in “Sowers and Seeds,” a WELS educational magazine and the Mailbox (a magazine for teachers). She served as an editor for Christlight, the WELS Early Childhood Bible Study curriculum.

Beth shares her life with Dale Marquardt, her husband of over 35 years. The Marquardts have four grown children, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter. Their oldest daughter also works in Early Childhood Education in Belmont, California.

Beth is a loving, cheerful person who radiates joy in everything she does. She attributes her joyful, tireless service to staff, children, and families to the love she has in Jesus.


Teachers
We are very excited about the talented teaching staff at Water of Life Lutheran School! Together, we have a combined total of over 40 years of experience as educators. We have a passion for teaching, and are looking forward to nurturing the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth of your child. All of our staff have had thorough FBI background checks and have a Sheriff's Card clearing them to work with children. 


Sue Heinitz, M.S.Ed. 


Mrs Heinitz is an experienced educator with both a Bachelor's degree and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Martin Luther College, the teacher preparation college for the WELS. In addition to being a gifted educator, she has a great deal of music background- she has extensive experience in leading and directing children’s choir, has additional training in working with children and music, and as a piano teacher. Mrs Heinitz plays piano, organ, and trumpet. She also serves as a church organist. 

Sue is a published author; click here to read her article that appeared in the August 2014 issue of Parent's Crosslink, a publication of the Northwestern Publishing House.

 

Sue is a warm and caring teacher who absolutely loves children! She brings an energy and creativity to her class that instills a love for learning in her students. She is excited to be a part of a ministry that gives her the opportunity to share God’s love with her students and their families.


Mrs Heinitz and her husband have four children who are eleven, ten, and six year-old twins. (Photo by Katy Miller, Katy Miller Photography)
 

Jenny Otto, BS 

Mrs Otto has a true gift for teaching students and inspiring them to love learning. She has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Martin Luther College, the teacher preparation college for the WELS. She has also completed additional professional development through Graduate classes at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Jenny is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has expertise in teaching English Language Learners. In addition to being an experienced classroom teacher, Jenny has a wide range of talents that she brings to our Kindergarten program, including developing a school especially for Spanish speaking students and playing the piano. She also has an extensive background serving as a church musician.

Jenny has a heart and passion for teaching young children, and sharing God’s love with them. She finds the greatest joy in helping her students grow and develop. She is deeply committed to bringing the highest quality instruction into her classroom, and is always seeking ways to make every day a better, richer, learning experience for her students. Jenny is absolutely thrilled to be a part of our school. She looks forward every morning to creating an engaging and happy environment in her class. Her students can always look forward to highly creative and interesting lessons, that reach beyond the ordinary. 

Jenny is the wife of Pastor Tim Otto, of Mount Olive Lutheran Church (a member church of the WELS). In addition to teaching at Water of Life Lutheran School, she is helping Pastor Otto reach out into the Spanish speaking community on the East side of Las Vegas. 

Mrs Otto and Pastor Otto have four children who are fourteen, tweleve and ten year-old twins.
(Photo by Jennifer Shepherd, JennLynn Photograpy)

Jackie Unke, BS

Mrs Unke has an extensive and experience-rich background that she loves sharing with our students. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Martin Luther College, the teacher preparation college for the WELS. She has wonderful musical gifts which include playing piano, organ, and guitar. In addition to teaching in the classroom, her background includes many years of teaching piano, directing children’s choir, and coaching children’s volleyball. 

Jackie loves working with children. She brings this caring for her students, and her enjoyment in teaching them, into every interaction with each child. Her experience makes her especially suited to working towards meeting the individual learning needs of every student. Jackie’s life’s work has centered around sharing the love of our gracious God with families and students. She feels very blessed to have a part in the ministry of education and sharing God’s love with the students at our school. She also shares her love for music through providing piano lessons for children ages 4 years-old and up.

Jackie is the wife of Pastor Tom Unke. Pastor Unke is the pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, which is a member church of the WELS. Shepherd of the Hills serves the communities of northwest Las Vegas. 

Mrs Unke and Pastor Unke have four grown children, three of whom are involved in ministry work.

Note- WELS refers to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, our church's national governing body. Water of Life, Shepherd of the Hills, and Mount Olive are all members of the WELS. Other WELS churches in Las Vegas include Summerlin Lutheran Church, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, and Green Valley Lutheran Church.

A ministry of Water of Life Lutheran Church; offering Preschool, Pre-K, & Kindergarten to Summerlin, Spring Valley, & Rhodes Ranch areas of southwest Las Vegas.
 
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